The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Authors’ Talk & Book Signing “Texas Clay”

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Guests can celebrate the exhibition Texas Clay: 19th-Century Pottery from the Bayou Bend Collection and its accompanying catalogue. The book tells the fascinating story of Texas stoneware, from its roots in Southern pottery to its development across several regions of Texas beginning in the 1850s. The fully illustrated publication also includes a checklist of Bayou Bend's 183 examples of Texas pottery. Texas Clay is an important addition to the sparsely published topic of 19th-century Texas stoneware.

Authors Joey Brackner and Amy Kurlander are on hand to talk about their experiences working on Texas Clay, followed by a book signing. Light refreshments are available.

Image: Various Potters, Jugs, Jars, Churns, and Pitchers, Rusk County, c. 1850–1900, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Bayou Bend Collection, gift of William J. Hill.

About the Artist Talk

Learn more about the Texas Clay publication and purchase online.

About the Authors
Joey Brackner is the director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, Alabama State Council for the Arts, and host of the Alabama Public Television series Journey Proud. Author of Alabama Folk Pottery, Brackner received his master's degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Amy Kurlander is the curator of the Texas Clay exhibition and a project fellow with the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive. Her previous exhibitions and publications range from the history of the New York City transit system to the work of Eugène Delacroix and Théodore Rousseau. She received her master’s degree and PhD from Harvard University.

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  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Admission is free, but space is limited! RSVP to Janet Marshall at jmarshall@mfah.org if you would like to attend. 

Directions & Parking

  • Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
  • 6003 Memorial Drive

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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